It's been a bit of a long month for me, sorry for not posting more regularly. The loss of a family member in early April threw me for a bit of a loop. That said, it's been busy in the Lower School Technology for Learning Lab!
Third and fourth graders have been working with Photostory 3 for Windows
, a free program that relies on Windows Media Player 10 or better to create .wmv files (Media Player movie files) from still images. I took a discovery approach to this project, very loosely instructing the students to capture files from the Web and save them in their "My Pictures" folder, then import them and manipulate transitions and image effects, add music, and render the files. We shared them with the LCD projector in most classes and I uploaded a couple on our server to give you some idea of how fun this program can be. It can also be a great way to share photos from trips, etc., so if you generate some good vacation pictures be sure to give your child access to them on the computer. You'll be amazed at what they will do with Photostory!
Here are links to a couple movie files from the 3 week experience:One from Ms. Noel's classOne from Ms. Hunt's classOne from Ms. Dent's and Ms. Moseley's classOne from Ms. Marler's class
2nd graders worked in a very beginning way with PowerPoint to create flipbooks first about themselves and then about the insects they studied. While all didn't get finished, the process was the product. They'll be in much better shape to begin using PowerPoint in earnest come their 3rd grade year. 1st graders and Kindergarteners did some fun work with Boowa and Kwala at uptoten.com
I wish everyone a great summer and hope that you'll keep up with my goings on at my own personal/professional blog, scottmerrick.net